Last minute plans were made to visit the Wine Country late in November. The plan was to stay over Saturday nite. The search for a B&B was started two days prior.
Even this late in the season, finding a B&B with vacancy can be a challenge. Charlotte's Country Inn was found after 30 minutes or so of searching. Online vacancy/reservation site showed availability. They were called to ensure that this was correct.
This inn is set back a fair amount off of Silverado so that cars going by can be heard in the distance but not seen.
Upon arriving, Charlotte came across as a very gracious and friendly individual. She showed us around the grounds, how to use the hot tub, etc. Our accomodations (The Gamay Suite) was larger than expected. The entrance is on the ground level, with the bathroom in the foyer area. Then, a steep and creaky stairway leads upstairs to the second floor with two rooms. The first is a sitting room, appointed with a small television with DVD/VHS player. The second, the bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a couple of dressers and lamps.
This building was built somewhere in the early part of the 1900's. The bathroom was obviously an afterthought in its design. However, Charlotte had it very well appointed with several high-quality towels in addition to an assortment of soaps and lotions. The shower is an old-style claw-foot tub with a large, overhead shower head.
In the upstairs, an antique wardrobe contained a coffee maker, microwave, and small refrigerator. The refrigerator was stocked with water, juice, and yogurt. In addition there was coffee, quite a large selection of high-quality teas, in addition to instant apple cider. There were several packages of microwave pop-corn on top of the microwave. All in all, very well appointed.
The bedroom included two large, warm robes. Niiiice!
After showing us around, Charlotte asked if we'd like some wine or lemonade. We let her know that we'd already had a good amount of wine at our tastings, but that lemonade would be teriffic. She returned with a couple of oversized tumblers of homemade lemonade along with a large dish of pistachios. It was clear that Charlotte enjoys what she does. It's the little things like this that make a H U G E difference.
We were served breakfast the next morning: Individual fruit bowls in cantaloupes (rasberries and bludberries), perfectly browned cinammon french toast, and unbelievably t h i c k bacon. Coffee was very high-grade Costa Rican. Breakfast is served in the reception house, where myself and my girlfriend met another wonderful couple at the shared table. Charlotte and her husband (?) ate with us and were wonderful conversation.
This was an absolutely wonderful and romantic getaway -- all for only $155 for the nite. A REAL BARGAIN!!
I highly recommend staying at Charlotte's Country Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozy, private bed and breakfast nestled into the heart of the valley, halfway between St. Helena and Calistoga. Intimate, serene, and friendly - a perfect place for a night away. Currently closed for renovation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Country Inn Calistoga
- Calistoga Country Inn